In 2012, a concerned husband of a Universal Medicine follower began a discussion thread on the Rick Ross Cult Education site. He and other concerned parties began posting questions and comments UM does not allow on its blogs and refuses to discuss publicly. Since then, UM’s propaganda team have portrayed the multi-million dollar business, its religious subscribers and its lawyers as victims of cyber-bullying. On July 24, tax exempt charity, the College of Universal Medicine will hold the ‘Addressing cyber-bullying’ community forum in Lismore. The pretence at charitable activity will showcase UM’s exemplary methods of handling their poor public image – via intimidation and defamation of complainants and critics.
While the Sunday Telegraph, the ABC and the Echo have now reported on the launch of an investigation into the College of Universal Medicine’s charitable fundraising authority, Serge Benhayon and his trusty UM *Facts* and defamation team have lunged into propaganda free fall – lashing out at critics and making laughable charades of innocence. It’s painting a compelling picture of the college’s ‘utmost integrity’ and Sergio’s commercial religion of ‘every day self-loving choices’.
Serge Benhayon, who insists he is a reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci, has raised more than half a million dollars using a charity licence granted to him by the NSW government in July of 2012 to build an educational facility.
But the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing said it had “completed an initial assessment and commenced an investigation” after receiving a complaint last week that the College of Universal Medicine had breached charitable fundraising laws.
“The complaint also contains serious allegations in regard to conduct beyond the scope of NSW charitable fundraising laws and will be referred to police for consideration,” a spokesman said.